Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Impact of K-12 Outreach on Graduate Students"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Project Description:
GK-12 is an education and outreach program that engages graduate students and post docs in ten-week experiences with local school teachers and students. During this program the participant receives some training, observes teaching in a local school for several weeks, and then develops and implements an age-appropriate lesson that brings his or her research theme in to the classroom. The program has been running since 2007 at Purdue, and in 2014 we started a pilot program at Stockholm University in Sweden. The participants keep guided journals during the program, and our research addresses questions related to the impact that the program has, as indicated by the content of the journal entries. In 2015-16 we are particularly interested in our undergraduate research student in DURI exploring the similarities and differences between the impacts and experiences of Purdue and Stockholm students in the program, as well as differential impacts on domestic and international students in the Purdue program.
Expected Student Contributions:
Intern will be involved in qualitative research analyzing text from journal entries (all in english)
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Desired Qualifications:
Requires an interest in educational or social science research. Previous experience in any research area is helpful. Prefer self-motivated, upper division student with experience in qualitative methods of data collection in educational or social science research. However previous successful DURI students on this project have also come from backgrounds in life science and statistics.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Harbor, Jonathan
dept earth, atmospheric, and planetary sci

Student Supervisor

Christopher Roemmele
GK-12 Program Coordinator

Cooperating Faculty

Dan Shepardson
Curriculum and Instruction / College of Education
Christopher Roemmele